The Ins & Outs of Interfacing
It is hard to find the right interfacing for every project. Luckily for us, we carry great products from Pellon, Palmer Pletsch, and Heat & Bond to help us choose what interfacing to use for each project!
The topic of interfacing can be a bit overwhelming. Finding the right weight for the right fabric is not always as easy as it sounds. But it can be, as long as you know these basics:
Two basic tips before we begin:
• Your pattern and fabric might indicate which interfacing to use. Check your pattern as a reference when determining what application of interfacing to use.
• Always practice on a good sized test swatch (4x6 inch minimum). This step is the most important and will save you valuable time in the long run.
1. Determine what kind of interfacing you need.
Woven: Woven interfacing has a grain. Be sure to cut woven interfacing the same way your fabric is cut i.e. bias, crosswise grain, lengthwise grain. Treat your woven interfacing like the fabric you are using – if you prewash your fabric, be sure to also prewash your interfacing.
Non-woven: Non-woven interfacing is made up of a series of bonded fibers that are put together to create the fabric. It has no grain and is suitable for most projects. This is one of the most common types of interfacing.
Knit: Knit interfacing stretches and is only used with stretch fabrics.
2. Identify how you want to apply your interfacing.
Fusible: Fusible interfacing can be used for a variety of projects from garments to crafts. This interfacing adds a nice weight and body to fabrics that would otherwise be flimsy. Using fusible interfacing around collars, waistbands, and button holes creates stability. Use a Non-Stick Ironing Mat over the surface of your project to avoid direct contact to your iron. This prevents any adhesive from sticking to your iron.
Be mindful of puckering. Make sure your fusible interfacing is pressed properly. Use high heat and steam and lift the iron up and down holding in place 3-5 seconds on the fabric. Do not iron in a back-and-forth motion over your interfacing. See each manufacturers directions prior to fusing to your project.
Sew-in: Sew-in interfacing can also be used for a variety of projects. It is especially useful on fabrics that cannot take high heat from the iron.
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